Two Boston police officers were hospitalized yesterday after they were cornered in a stairwell by at least six teens who "kicked, punched, and choked" them as the officers tried to arrest a family member on a warrant in Roxbury, reports the Boston Herald.

At 11 a.m. yesterday, a male and female police officer went to Wayne Street to serve a probation warrant on Woobenson Morissett, 19, of Dorchester for defaulting on court appearances, police said. Officers said Morissett's family told them he wasn't home but they were allowed to search the apartment.

The officers found Morissett in the apartment building's rear stairwell, where police said Morissett attacked them, and while police were struggling with him several of his relatives then poured out of two apartments and joined in the fight.

Officers used pepper spray to defend themselves and several officers raced to the scene to assist.

The two officers were taken to Brigham and Women's Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

All seven suspects will be charged with assault and battery on a police officer resulting in injury, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and resisting arrest.

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